2012

31 December 2012

Air-link Subsidy Continues to Rise

The cost of maintaining the Cardiff-Anglesey air-link continues to rise, according to information obtained by Welsh Conservatives.

The Welsh Government subsidy reached almost 1.5 million pounds in 2011/12 and is forecast to reach 1.6 million during 2013/14. No figures are supplied beyond 2014/15.

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18 December 2012

Pembrokeshire Reports on Safeguarding Children: “A Massive Wake-up Call”

Commenting on the publication of two reports - by Estyn and the Wales Audit Office – on children's services at Pembrokeshire County Council, Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns AM, said:

"These reports should act as a massive wake-up call to all those involved in the continuing problems in Pembrokeshire – particularly the Education Minister. The promised improvements simply aren't working and our children are being repeatedly failed.

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13 December 2012

Local AM Seriously Concerned by Increasing Waiting Times

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is raising concerns over the rise in the number of patients waiting more than 36 weeks for treatment within the Hywel Dda local health board area. According to figures from the Welsh Government, in September this year, 441 patients had to wait more than 36 weeks to start their treatment. That figure rose by 36.9% to 604 the following month. Also, the number of patients treated during this timeframe also increased. In September, 146 patients were treated under the timeframe "more than 36 weeks". That figure then rose by a huge 89.7% the following month, to 277 patients.

Mr Davies said, "These figures are extremely worrying. Waiting for treatment is a difficult time for any patient. Unnecessary and avoidable delays for treatment only make the situation far worse. Therefore it is essential that the health board takes measures to tackle this issue."

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12 December 2012

Paul Davies Visits “I Love Sally”

Paul is pictured with Stephen Pugh of “I Love Sally”, a local business in Haverfordwest.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited "I Love Sally" a local business in Haverfordwest, run by artist Stephen Pugh, which has recently started supplying the National Assembly for Wales' shop in the Senedd. "I Love Sally" specialises in unique, handcrafted gifts and keepsakes which can be personalised with dates, names and other personal information at your request. The business is named in memory of the artist's grandmother, Sally, who sadly passed away earlier this year, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia and the business aims to raise awareness of these conditions through their designs.

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07 December 2012

Paul Davies Supports Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Campaign!

Paul is pictured wearing a festive Christmas Jumper in support of Save the Children.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting Save the Children's largest ever Christmas campaign that includes a new seasonal fundraising event, Christmas Jumper Day, which takes place on December 14th. Sporting a festive Christmas Jumper in the Senedd, Mr Davies joined other AMs to promote the campaign and help raise funds for vulnerable children across the world. The campaign asks people to donate £1 in exchange for wearing a festive jumper and help to 'make the world better with a sweater.'

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to support the Save the Children's Christmas campaign and I hope that people across Pembrokeshire will join with me in wearing a festive jumper to help raise money for good causes both at home and overseas. It is fantastic that many UK and Welsh celebrities are already supporting the campaign and I'm sure the people of Pembrokeshire will also rise to the challenge and help raise money for this wonderful cause. For more information on this campaign, please visit http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day"

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06 December 2012

Paul Davies Welcomes Haven Waterway Capital Boost

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the UK Government's confirmation of enhanced capital allowances that will enable businesses to claim 100 per cent first-year capital allowances on their spending for their plant and machinery. Announced in the Autumn Statement, there will also be additional tax relief for businesses in the Haven Waterway enterprise zone.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased that the UK Government has granted enhanced capital allowances for the Haven Waterway enterprise zone. This is extremely welcome news that will support job creation in the zone and promote further growth and investment in Pembrokeshire.

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AM Criticises Welsh Labour’s Council Tax “Shambles”

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has criticised the Local Government Minister, Carl Sargeant and the Welsh Labour Government, for ensuring that 330,000 council tax benefit claimants across Wales will face doubts over their payments. Assembly Members were given just thirty minutes to scrutinise a document that is over 300 pages long and contains 175,000 words. As a result, AMs declined to temporarily set aside rules so new regulations could be rushed through.

Mr Davies said, "I'm disappointed that once again the Welsh Labour Government is trying to escape proper scrutiny, following the devolution of responsibility for council tax benefits. This is the most widely claimed means-tested benefit or tax credit in Wales and as such it must be scrutinised carefully – not rushed through in the last plenary meeting of the year. Other parts of the United Kingdom have managed to put their schemes in place and yet here in Wales, the Welsh Labour Government seems incapable of doing the same.

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Warnings ‘Must be Heeded’ on Civil Emergency Arrangements

Welsh Conservatives have called for a full review of Welsh Government civil emergency arrangements.

It follows the publication of a Wales Audit Office report, which criticises current procedures and makes a number of recommendations.

Within his report, the Auditor General said 'We are not confident that the Welsh public sector has set up a sufficiently strong, efficient and effective framework to improve resilience and response to emergency incidents'.

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05 December 2012

Autumn Statement Will Help Wales in Global Race

Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"Britain is in a global race today. To succeed in that race we must deal with the deficit so we pay our way in the world.

"We welcome the measures taken by the Chancellor to reduce the UK's dependence on debt and borrowed money.

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Extra Relief Welcomed For Enterprise Zones

Welsh Conservatives have welcomed UK Government confirmation of additional tax relief for two enterprise zones; in Ebbw Vale and Haven Waterway.

Announced in the autumn statement, enhanced capital allowances will enable a business to claim 100 per cent first-year capital allowances on their spending on qualifying plant and machinery.

Shadow Minister for Business, Nick Ramsay AM, said:

"This is extremely welcome news that will support job creation in these zones and promote further growth and investment.

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Paul Davies Signs MND Charter at the Senedd

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has signed the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association's Charter in recognition of the rights and priorities of people living with MND and their carers at a recent event held at the Senedd. MND kills five people every day, with half of people dying within 14 months of diagnosis. This terminal disease can affect any adult at any age and sadly, there is no known cure.

Unfortunately, this condition is still little understood and this contributes to many people with MND not receiving the care and support they need. The MND Charter launched in June 2012 aims to change this. The five-point MND Charter sets out what good care looks like for people with MND and their carers and is designed to raise awareness and understanding of this devastating disease.

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04 December 2012

Paul Davies Goes Back to School

Paul is pictured with the pupils of Milford Haven Comprehensive School.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited Milford Haven Comprehensive School to give a presentation to students on the National Assembly for Wales and the role of Assembly Members. Mr Davies also took part in a question and answer session with students who were able to quiz the Assembly Member on aspects of his role and his stance on local issues.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to visit Milford Haven School once again to talk to the students about my role as the constituency Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, the National Assembly for Wales and its powers; and of current issues that are important to my constituents.

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Labour and Little Helpers Must Answer for NHS Cuts

Speaking ahead of a vote on the Welsh Labour Government's Final Budget supported by Plaid Cymru, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"It is disappointing that Labour and their little helpers, Plaid Cymru, have agreed a budget which fails to address the needs of the Welsh economy and or public services.

"At a time when Health Boards are already facing combined deficits of as much as £131million, Labour and Plaid Cymru's NHS cuts will undoubtedly put even greater pressure on frontline resources.

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03 December 2012

More Questions to be Answered Over Awema

Welsh Conservatives claimed that the Welsh Labour Government still has questions to answer and lessons to learn over the Awema scandal.

It comes after Dr Rita Austin gave evidence to the National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee today.

Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said, "This evidence session still leaves considerable unanswered questions for Welsh Labour Ministers about how they spectacularly failed to oversee the spending of public money.

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30 November 2012

Local AM Encourages Residents to take up Flu Jab

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging the people of Pembrokeshire to come forward and receive the flu jab, to protect themselves against the winter flu. Sadly, just 51.8 per cent of over 65s in Wales have been vaccinated against a Welsh Government target of 75 per cent. Similarly, 34.9 per cent of those under 65 and in an at-risk group have been vaccinated in Wales against a government target of 75 per cent.

Mr Davies said "These figures are worryingly low and suggest the potential for more winter pressure on our NHS in Wales. I would like to therefore encourage the people of Pembrokeshire to get immunised as soon as possible. The effect of flu can be very serious for at-risk groups, such as older people and those with respiratory conditions, and so it is essential that people contact their GP about a flu vaccination as part of their normal preparations for winter."

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